Official Publication of Safe-Deposit Box Properties
Each year financial institutions across the state of Iowa are required to report contents from abandoned safe-deposit boxes. Once the contents are received, the treasurer’s office makes every attempt to locate the rightful owners. Letters are mailed to the last known address; names are published in a newspaper in the county of the last known address; names are posted on the GreatIowaTreasureHunt.gov website; names are taken to the Iowa State Fair and other events around the state; and a search of online databases is completed to determine if there is an updated address for the lost owner.
The treasurer’s office is authorized to sell contents at a public auction when it is no longer feasible to hold the contents in the vault.